Time + time again I have clients come to me with a lot of digestive distress, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, brain fog, fatigue, skin issues, acne + other various digestive related symptoms.
One of the most common questions I get is, “do you think I need to take a food sensitivity test?” + my answer is pretty much always no.
Food sensitivity tests are absolutely useless unless you are addressing the root cause of the sensitivity. It’s not the foods fault. It’s your F’d up digestion + sluggish metabolism causing the problem.
In my opinion, food sensitivity tests just lead to restriction + food fear.
The same pattern always occurs, you run a food sensitivity test + find out you are highly sensitive to dairy. This then causes you to eliminate dairy FOREVER because you are too afraid to add it back in. You start using dairy alternatives like nut milks, skipping meals for relief, + restricting foods because your digestion is so wack you can only find relief if you just don’t eat. I know, this cycle all too well, I’ve been there, I was once so afraid of food I ate the same 5 foods for 2 years straight.
What does restricting, skipping meals/ fasting, starving yourself for the sake of your digestion, + swapping superior foods out for inferior alternatives, have in common?
Stress + nutrient depletion.
Like I mentioned before, in times of stress your blood gets diverted away from your digestive system + stress hormones are released since your bodies main concern is survival.
Stressed out body = poor digestion + absorption of nutrients.
You are left in a worse place than before and your metabolism has only gotten more + more sluggish. Sure, maybe you feel better initially eliminating these foods but this is only a bandaid, the root cause is your sluggish metabolism. What do you need to support your metabolism? Lots + lots of nutrients.
Digestion requires a lot of energy + nutrients to do its job.
The last thing we need to be doing is skipping meals, eliminating foods + especially replacing them with anti-metabolic foods like nut milks.
Before taking a food sensitivity test + restricting food work on increasing your metabolic rate.